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February 17: Stanford Bio-X Seed Grants Interdisciplinary Initiatives Program Symposium

Speakers: Drs. Ada Poon, Jin Hyung Lee, Mary Teruel, Ovijit Chaudhuri, Peter Kim, Daniel Spielman, Mark Kay, and Nicholas Melosh
Time/Location: 1:00-4:00pm, Clark Center Auditorium
Poster Session: 4:00pm-5:30pm, Nexus Café
Contact: C. Huber

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Applications for the 2016 Stanford Bio-X Graduate Fellowships are now open!


The Bio-X Leadership Council is pleased to announce the 13th annual competition for Bio-X Graduate Student Fellowships and for Stanford Neurosciences Institute (SNI) and ChEM-H Fellowships.

To be considered for review, complete applications must be submitted online, with all required materials emailed or received, not postmarked, by March 9, 2016 at 5pm. PST.

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We are now accepting Letters of Intent for the Stanford Bio-X Interdisciplinary Initiatives Seed Grants Program, Round 8!


The Stanford Bio-X IIP awards provide seed funding for high-risk, high-reward collaborative proposals including basic research leading to fundamental discoveries, as well as innovative technology.

Letters of Intent must be received by: Wednesday, April 6th, 2016 by 5:00 PM (PST).

Upcoming Events (Click Event to See Details)

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Stanford neurobiologist Carla Shatz on learning and the value of collaboration

Feature on research by David Starr Jordan Director of Stanford Bio-X Carla Shatz:
Carla Shatz, Director of Stanford Bio-X, is carrying out research that could help adults learn new skills as easily as children do. Her work could help adults learn languages, improve memory, or improve brain function after stroke. Shatz says the collaborative environment at Stanford that makes her work possible.

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Stanford scientists uncover neural pathway responsible for opioid withdrawal

Feature on research by Stanford Bio-X affiliated faculty member Xiaoke Chen:
Stanford researchers manipulated the brains of morphine-addicted mice and allowed the animals to overcome withdrawal symptoms. The finding could offer a new approach to quieting symptoms that often lead to recurring drug use.

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Human culture, not smarts, may have overwhelmed Neanderthals, say Stanford researchers

Feature on research by Stanford Bio-X affiliated faculty member Marcus Feldman:
Neanderthals, longtime residents of Earth, eventually disappeared after the arrival of humans. Stanford researchers, armed with mathematical models, suggest that our higher level of cultural organization may have allowed us to eventually overwhelm the Neanderthals.

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Individuals’ medical histories predicted by their noncoding genomes

Feature on research by Scientific Leadership Council Member and Stanford Bio-X affiliated faculty member Gill Bejerano:
Researchers have found that analyzing mutations in regions of the genome that control genes can predict medical conditions such as hypertension, narcolepsy and heart problems.

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Scientists zero in on brain’s sigh-control center

Feature on research by Stanford Bio-X affiliated faculty member Mark Krasnow:
Mark Krasnow’s team, along with colleagues at Stanford and UCLA, painstakingly employed genetic, pharmacological and surgical techniques to map out a precise set of nerve circuits in the brain that are essential to the act of sighing.

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RNA editing: Many mysteries remain

Feature on research by Stanford Bio-X affiliated faculty member Jin Billy Li:
For decades, no one had a great way to examine post-transcriptional changes to RNA, much less understand what role they play in cellular processes. Jin Billy Li’s lab is working to unravel RNA’s remaining secrets.

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February 11: Stanford Bio-X Frontiers in Interdisciplinary Biosciences Seminar

Speaker: David Schaffer, Professor of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, Bioengineering, and Neuroscience, UC Berkeley
Title: “Novel Technologies to Investigate the Neural Stem Cell Niche”
Time/Location: 12:15pm, Clark Center Room S360
Small lunch to be provided at 12:00pm
Host: Michael Lin, Assistant Professor of Neurobiology, of Bioengineering and, by courtesy, of Chemical and Systems Biology, Stanford University
Contact: C. Huber

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February 11: Frontiers in Quantitative Biology Seminar

Speaker: Long Cai, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, CalTech
Time/Location: 2:00pm, Clark Center Auditorium
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Series partially sponsored by Stanford Bio-X.

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February 23: Morgridge Family Stanford Bio-X SIGF Fellow Bethany Percha’s Thesis Defense

Speaker: 2013 Morgridge Family Stanford Bio-X SIGF Fellow Bethany Percha
Department: Biomedical Informatics
PI: Russ Altman
Title: “Biomedical Text Mining from Context”
Time/Location: 2:00pm, Clark Center Auditorium

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February 10: Neuroscience Lecture
Speaker: Rafael Yuste, Columbia University
Dr. Yuste will give a talk about an understanding of the function of the cortical microcircuit.
Time/Location: 4:00PM-6:00PM, Clark Center S362
Contact: Z. Helili

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February 11: ReMS Lecture
First Speaker: Gerald Crabtree (Pathology and Developmental Biology)
Title: “BAF-polycomb opposition and genomic accessibility in development and human disease”
Second Speaker: Vafa Bayat (Pathology)
Title: “The Pontocerebellar Hypoplasia-related TSEN complex joins the Pink1-Parkin party”
Time/Location: 12:00-1:00 PM, Munzer Auditorium
Lecture series sponsored by Bio-X.

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February 16: CEC Talk
Speaker: Alison Gopnik, Professor of Psychology, UC Berkeley
Title: “Consciousness without Control”
Time/Location: Building 60, Room 120, Stanford University
More info:
Sponsored by the Stanford Humanities Center Radway Workshops Program and the Center for the Explanation of Consciousness (CSLI).

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February 17: EMBS Meeting
Speaker: Steve Stephansen, CEO, LifeWave Biomedical
Title: “mHealth Physiologic Monitoring Solutions with Ultra Wideband RF Radar”
Time/Location: 7:30 PM, Room M-114, Stanford University Medical School
Optional dinner location: Stanford Hospital cafeteria, 6:15 PM (no host, no reservations)

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February 22: Biology Seminar
Speaker: Xiaoke Chen, Stanford University
Title: “Brain Circuits Mediate Negative Emotion”
Host: Dr. Tim Stearns
Time/Location: 4:00 PM, Clark Center Auditorium

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